FWC officials have updated their lionfish app to include an interactive map where users can access important data including lionfish sightings, catches and photographs. A mild cold front is predicted to bring thunderstorms and hazardous winds to the area.
If you were planning on celebrating the holidays out on the water, you might want to reconsider. More rain and thunderstorms are predicted for Monday and Tuesday along with warnings of sea fog. A cold front on Wednesday will push out the stormy weather, but winds will increase near cautionary levels.
Today’s column begins with a question and ends with a challenge: Do you know what a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Saltwater Grand Slam is? If not, you are missing out on an exciting opportunity.
A Georgia man recently set a new shoal bass record while visiting Florida. His bass weighed a whopping 4 pounds and 2 ounces! FWC officials have updated their lionfish app to include an interactive map where users can access important data including liionsightings, catches and photographs. A mild cold front is predicted to stall over the area during the weekend, creating cool weather and a light chop across the bay area.
Local fisherman are bringing in boatloads of mullet during the annual run. While the weather will remain mild, it will be cold! Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and more should also be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay next week, according to our contributing captain, Rick Grassett.
So this holiday season, how would it be if the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) put some more fish under the tree? Well, that is exactly what we have done for you all around the state. The typical fish attractor in Florida is a cluster of hardwood trees, anchored by cinder blocks. State-constructed structures are marked with a bright yellow or white bouy so boaters and anglers know where they are. These attractors are strategically placed to congregate fish, making them more accessible to anglers.
Gag grouper recreational harvest closed in the Gulf on December 4, and the annual snook harvest closed December 1. The windy conditions that have prompted small craft advisory warnings throughout the week have subsided, and the weather will allow for fair, but cold, boating conditions during the weekend.
Gag grouper recreational harvest closed Dec. 4. Winds will remain at near cautionary levels through midweek due to a series of cold fronts that will push into the area during the beginning of the week. Trout, blues, Spanish mackerel, jacks and more should also be good options on deep grass flats of Sarasota Bay next week, according to our contributing captain, Rick Grassett.
An area of high pressure will build toward the eastern seaboard Thursday and Friday. NOAA is predicting east northeast winds in the 10-15 knot range will continue with seas remaining 3 feet or less. Snook season ended Dec. 1 and FWC is seeking input on proposed zones for western Pinellas County.
Snook season closes Dec. 1. FWC lawmakers are seeking public input on proposed manatee zones in western Pinellas county and they approved lowering the red grouper bag limit from four to two fish per person. Expect increased winds during midweek.